Monday, September 19, 2011

Grilled Pound Cake with Brie and Peaches

As it happens sometimes in life, you get busy and with all those good intention pavers to hell, you get behind your activities. This is what happened to this post.

I wanted to post it a few weeks ago, right after I posted about making pound cake, but life and the beginning of my last semester in grad school got in the way and the post floundered under draft status while I was busy reading 300 pages about human resources. But I have caught up now and can finally post this great little dish.

The original recipe for this dish called for figs. I have never had figs and can't even find them in any grocery store in the area so I swapped it out with something I did have - white peaches. I grilled the peaches for a nice smokey taste against the creaminess of the brie. This was a nice mid-afternoon fatass snack.

2 thin slices pound cake
a few slices brie
1/4 grilled white peach, thinly sliced
1 small rosemary sprig, chopped
2 tablespoons butter

~Heat a grill pan over medium high heat. Remove leaves from rosemary and chop. When the grill pan is hot, add butter and rosemary. Place pound cake slices side by side in pan. Top one side with grilled peaches. Top the other side with the brie and allow to cook until the brie is melted, about 5 minutes. Gently place the slice with the brie on top of the slice with the peaches. Turn off the grill pan and allow the sandwich to sit in the pan for 1-2 minutes.

~Remove from pan. Allow to cool slightly, cut in half and serve.

recipe by:The Good Wife

Sunday, September 18, 2011

CSA - Week 18

This week we got pumpkin, watermelon, okra, yellow squash, pepper, white and green cucumber and garlic.

Friday, September 9, 2011

The kiddo cabinet

If I hated the English language, I would name this post "The Kiddo Kabinet" but I was a communications major, so I just can't do it.

I needed a place to put all The Good Daughter's stuff. I didn't want to put it in with ours b/c hers is so small, it would get lost in the regular plate cabinet. I also wanted all her stuff in one spot, as opposed to plates and bowls in one cabinet, her silverware in the drawer, etc.

So I came up with this.

All her stuff in one place, easy to reach and mostly clutter free.

On the first shelf we have cups and bowls. I also keep her silverware here, along with a baggie of homemade play dough and a few crayons.

The second shelf has leftover party supplies from my baby shower and TGD's first birthday. We are slowly going through it but since I hate to throw out stuff like that, it's hard.

The top shelf houses all TGD's baby bottles we are saving for when we have baby2.0 (no, that is not an announcement) along with our medicine. Medicines shouldn't actually be in your medicine cabinet in the bathroom, since the humidity can cause breakdown over time. But they do need to be in a safe place away from kids. Considering the fact that *I* need a chair to reach them, they are out of harms way.

Finally, I got some removable hooks and placed one on the inside of the door, so all her bibs will be in one place.

Thursday, September 8, 2011

CSA - Week 17

This week we got taters, sweet basil, green onions, green beans, peppers, melon and flowers

Friday, September 2, 2011

Copycat Chik-fil-a nuggets

I briefly worked at a CFA during college. It was the only time I had heard of the place and once I moved, I haven't had the opportunity to eat at one again. Let me tell you it was the best 3 months of my life. I got to eat fried chicken, all day every day. As much fried chicken as I wanted and, sadly, was about 50 pounds skinner. I loved every single nugget I put in my mouth.

That's what she said.

But now I must live too North for their southern, bible-thumping, anti-gay chicken, since we have none up here. Which is fine by me b/c now I can make my own.

::cue thunder bolt and lightening, while I laugh evilly::: MAWHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA

This is the best homemade version of the real thing. Served with honey mustard sauce and biscuits I could almost believe I was in college again, glow-in-black-light pink hair, tongue ring, beer bong and all.

2 skinless and boneless chicken breasts
1 cup milk
1 egg
1 1/4 cups flour
2 tablespoons powdered sugar
2 teaspoons salt
1 teaspoon pepper
oil for frying

~In a medium bowl whisk together egg and milk. Trim fat from chicken and dice into large cubes. Place chicken in egg mixture, cover and allow to marinate in the fridge 2-4 hours.

~In a large bowl combine flour, powdered sugar, salt and pepper. Dredge chicken until thoroughly coated. Meanwhile, over medium high heat, heat oil in a large, high sided skillet until hot or 375°. There should be 1/4 inch to 1/2 inch or so in the pan. Drop 10-12 nuggets into the oil and fry until golden brown and the chicken is completely cooked through, turning several times. Repeat until all the chicken is cooked. Drain on a paper towel. Serve warm. For that real CFA touch, make sure you say "God bless you" as you plate the nuggets for your family.

recipe found: here

Thursday, September 1, 2011

Fried Okra

So this week, I got okra in my CSA. I mentioned that I only had it once before and it was slimmy. I don't like okra and for the first time I actually thought I would see if I could trade with somone so I didn't have to eat it. But I sacked up and took it home. But was at a loss on how to eat it.

So how do you eat a veggie you're not sure you like? You fry the shit out of it. At least that's what we do in the Midwest and most of the South.

I have a friend that lives in TN and she gave me her tips for fried okra. She also told me her basic recipe, so than you so much V!

These turned out way better than expected. First off, I have never fried in straight cornmeal and that added a unique flavor and crunch. I also tried to slice the okra thin. I found the pieces that were a little thick leaned towards the slimy side. But overall, I would give this dish a 8 out of 10 with room for improvement. If I make them again, I might make a spicy dipping sauce to go with it.

10 pods okra, sliced in 1/4 inch pieces
1 egg, beaten
1 cup cornmeal
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
1/2 cup vegetable oil

~In a small bowl, whisk egg and soak okra for 5 to 10 minutes. In a medium bowl, combine cornmeal, salt, and pepper.

~Heat oil in a large skillet (I used cast iron) over medium-high heat. Dredge okra in the cornmeal mixture, coating evenly. Carefully place okra in hot oil; stir continuously. Reduce heat to medium when okra first starts to brown, and cook until golden. Drain on paper towels. Sprinkle with salt and serve.